Note: This article has nothing to do with privacy. If you are looking for privacy articles, I suggest you skip this one. However, this article reflects one of my other interests: telecommunications, especially low cost or no cost telephone services. I feel that we are being “ripped off” by telephone companies and by cell phone companies. A few companies offer much cheaper services that work just as well as the services from the big conglomerates. If you are interested in reducing your present telephone expenses, you may be interested in this article.
Google’s Project Fi, a very-low-cost cell phone service that works without roaming fees in more than 120 countries. I have been using Project Fi for several months and love it. After using Project Fi for a few weeks, I canceled my prior AT&T cell phone service that cost about $85 a month (that price included some options, such as tethering). I now pay about $30 a month for Project Fi and receive better service in return, including access to cellular voice, text messages, and data in 120 countries with no roaming charges. I have already used it in 7 countries and will be adding 2 more in a few weeks.
Even better, Project Fi is a pre-pay service with no contracts; you can cancel at any time.
You can read more about my experiences with Project Fi in the article I published last March at https://goo.gl/83kFtR.
Today, Google announced a deal with Three, one of the largest cellular carriers in Europe, that will allow Americans to use its experimental Project Fi wireless service when traveling in an additional 15 countries, bringing the total number of foreign countries where the service is available to more than 135. And at the same time, the company is removing the speed cap that previously limited the service overseas.
You can read more in Wired.com at http://goo.gl/zdr4uT.